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Asbestos Management

Asbestos Management

The duty to manage is directed at those who manage non-domestic premises: the people with responsibility for protecting others who work in such premises, or use them in other ways, from the risks to ill-health that exposure to asbestos causes.

AES offer advice on and compilation of comprehensive management plans, that detail the proactive policies of your organisation regarding asbestos including Assess the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from the materials identified and prepare a plan that sets out in detail how the risks from these materials will be managed taking the necessary steps to put the plan into action. AES can periodically review and monitor the plan and the arrangements to act on it so that the plan remains relevant and up-to-date and provides all necessary information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them.

Asbestos surveying to HSG264 (Asbestos the Survey Guide)

Management Surveys: (Formerly Type1 &2)

This survey may require the inspection of all areas of the building to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable all ACM's, AES will take representative samples of the suspected ACMs and analyise to confirm or refute the suspected presence of asbestos. Sampling will take place simultaneously with the survey. Condition of the ACMs in question will also be assessed by the AES survey team.

Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys: (Formerly Type 3: Full access sampling and identification survey (pre-demolition/major refurbishment survey)

This survey may involve destructive inspection to gain access to all areas of the building to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the building. A full sampling programme is undertaken to identify ACMs and the extent to which they are used (volume and surface area). This type of survey is designed to be used as a basis for tendering the removal of ACMs before demolition or major refurbishment, so an assessment of the condition of ACMs present is not necessary.

Risk Assessments for Occupational health hazards

AES can create detailed risk assessments which clearly assess the occupational health hazards associated with asbestos and give clear recommendations in the risk assessments on how to work with or near asbestos.

Environmental Air monitoring

eterminations of employee exposure shall be made from breathing zone air samples that are representative of the 8-hour TWA and 30-minute short-term exposures of each employee. AES have the equipment and training necessary to carryout this monitoring to ensure levels are below the minimum Occupational exposure limit.

Asbestos sampling and Analysis

Bulk sampling may be carried out simultaneously with the survey or carried out later as a separate sampling exercise. Often for small surveys it is convenient to take samples while surveying, while for larger buildings sampling may be carried out as a separate exercise when the building is empty. After the AES surveyor conducts a visual examination to assess any apparent areas of different material, samples of about 3-5 cm2 area and through the entire depth of the ACM will be taken with the aim of collecting one or more samples which are representative of the whole material. Sampling will not be carried out where there is an electrical hazard or if it will damage the critical integrity of a roof, gutter, pipe etc.

Analysis will be carried out by an UKAS accredited Lab and reports will be compiled containing all necessary data for the client.

Asbestos Awareness Training

AES's Health and Safety Solutions can offer asbestos awareness training, utilising experienced consultants with many years practical experience. This can be carried out at one of our offices or at the client's premises with a bespoke course, tailored to the clients specific needs.

The Asbestos Regulations specifies that asbestos awareness training should be given to all employees who are or liable to be exposed to asbestos or supervise those who are likely to come into contact with asbestos. The training covers the following points as a minimum:

  • Properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including it's interaction with smoking
  • The types of products or materials that are likely to contain asbestos
  • The operations that could result in asbestos exposure and the importance of preventative controls to prevent exposure
  • Safe work practices, control measures, and protective equipment
  • The purpose, choice, limitations, proper use and maintenance of RPE
  • Emergency procedures.

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